Last week was opening week at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival! My videography team at the Pillow is responsible for documenting all performances at the Festival for the Pillow’s Archives, and we also contribute to the many wonderful ways the Pillow encourages audiences to find a deeper connection with dance.
Each week, for each performance, there’s one Post-Show Talk led by the Scholars-in-Residence. Scholars talk to artistic directors, choreographers and dancers about the work they just performed, and audiences learn more about the process of making dances, the artistic vision behind the choreography, and the amount of work and heart and energy that goes in to presenting dance. It’s an amazing opportunity to hear from the artists, and my video team makes these talks available online for everyone who isn’t at the Pillow to listen in on these discussions, too.
Cayetano [Soto] – it’s an incredible process. He works so collaboratively with the dancers. This time he brought in text. A bunch of text from different comedians, one of whom was Joan Rivers, and he gave them the text and he told them to create some movement to interpret that text. They did that, and he incorporated that movement into the ballet.
Scholar-in-Residence Brian Schaefer speaks with Jean-Philippe Malaty, Executive Director of Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Juan Siddi, Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer.
Flamenco is nothing traditional. Flamenco has moved through many countries and is always evolving… To claim there is a traditional way of Flamenco is a little bit ironic.
Nel Shelby is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Owner & Filmmaker for Nel Shelby Productions, her New York City-based company dedicated to dance videography and editing. Nel shares her mission to preserve and promote the art of dance with her husband, Christopher Duggan, a dance and wedding photographer. They collaborate on projects with dance companies of worldwide renown, up-and-coming choreographers, dance educators, dance schools and more. Nel is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.